Two hundred years after his death, the spirit of Britain's greatest naval hero is set to dominate a Birmingham planning committee as councillors fire the final shots in the 'Battle of Nelson's Railings'.
Hammerson, owners of the #550 million Bullring shopping centre, will appear before the committee to be accused of acting unlawfully by failing to replace railings around the refurbished statue of Admiral Lord Nelson.
And, like the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar, Hammerson can expect to be sunk without trace.
Ambulance trusts in the West Midlands are to be merged as part of far-reaching reforms to emergency health care.
There will be "fewer, larger services" but no reductions in staff or vehicles, the Department of Health said.
The region is currently served by four ambulance trusts but this is likely to be reduced to at least three.
Other changes announced include treating more patients at home, rather than automatically taking them to hospital if they have dialled 999.
Former MG Rover workers who retired before the car giant collapsed could lose much of their pensions.
They include former finance director Colin Maycock, of Balsall Common, Warwickshire, who worked at Longbridge for 38 years and faces losing two thirds of his entitlement.
Staff at risk include those who retired between 2000, when BMW sold Rover to the Phoenix Consortium, and 2004.
The payment cuts will result from MG Rover pensions being taken over by the Government's Pensions Protection Fund.
This was set up in 2004 to help workers in company pension schemes when their employers collapse, by paying at least 90 per cent of their pension.
But some MG Rover staff who took early retirement may receive far less.
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A train driver from Birmingham who planted a car bomb as part of a terrorist feud which spilled over from Northern Ireland has been jailed for 20 years today.
Stanley Curry, 47, who has strong ties to loyalist groups in Ulster, took part in the attack on a friend of "Mad Dog" Johnny Adair, the leader of a renegade Belfast terror group.
The attack was a result of reprisals between warring factions of loyalist UDA groups in Northern Ireland.
Curry, a train driver living in Birmingham, planned to plant the bomb under the car of Adair's associate John "Fat Jackie" Thompson.
But the device malfunctioned and the intended victim was unhurt.
Gravestones were "desecrated" by councils officials after they were judged to be unsafe, an MP has claimed.
It follows safety inspections at cemeteries in Cannock, Staffordshire, where a force equivalent to a 35kg weight was applied to gravestones to see if they were unstable.
Those that failed the test were marked with notices similar to a parking ticket and wooden stakes in the ground.
Families were told they must pay for the memorials to be repaired, at a potential cost of #200, or the gravestone would be laid flat on the ground.
See Thursday's Birmingham Post for more on these stories